Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposes assisted suicide. Hear this story of a strong woman with much left to give to her family and society. She has a powerful story of hope and courage - and that no doctor can put a timetable on anyone's life.
We praise you, Lord, today for the gift of life. Teach us to live according to your will. Prepare us for the end of our days and weeks by opening our eyes to the reality of death and the calming of our hearts of their fears and anxieties. Help us to be compassionate to those we know who are sick and dying. Show us how to give them loving care. Protect the dying and preserve the dignity and rights of those who will soon die. Welcome these children into your life, with you. Bestow on all of us the grace to give comfort and hope unto eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
. . . the mother who gave her life to save her unborn child.
At 28 years old, Chiara passed away, her body ravaged by cancer. The emotional, physical, and spiritual trials of this young mother are not uncommon. It was her joyful and loving response to each that led one cardinal to call her a “saint for our times.”
Chiara entrusted her first baby to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but felt as though this child was not hers to keep. Soon, it was revealed her daughter had life-threatening abnormalities. Despite near universal
pressure to abort, Chiara gave birth to a beautiful girl who died within the hour.
A year later, the death of her second child came even more quickly. Yet God was preparing
their hearts for more — more sorrow, and more grace.
While pregnant a third time, Chiara developed a malignant tumor. She refused to jeopardize the life of her unborn son by undergoing treatments during the pregnancy. Chiara waited until after Francesco was safely born, and then began the most intense treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, but it was soon clear that the cancer was terminal.
Almost immediately after giving birth to Francesco, Chiara’s tumor became terminal and she lost the use of her right eye.
Her body was tested, and so was her soul as she suffered through the dark night of the soul. She said yes to everything God sent her way, becoming a true child of God. And as her days on earth came to an end, Enrico looked down on his wife and said . . .
“If she is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?”
Each saint has a special charism, a particular face of God that is reflected through her. Chiara’s was to be a witness to joy in the face of great adversity . . . the kind that makes love overflow despite the
sorrow from loss and death.
Here is her story:
Chiara Corbella Petrillo:
A Witness to Joy
$18.95 — 184 pages
Sophia Institute Press